This Monday begins Allhallowtide, or the Autumn Triduum, of the Feast of All Hallows Eve (Halloween), All Saints Day, and the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed (All Souls). This is the time when those of us still living unite our hearts with and remember in a special way the faithful departed.
The Church traditionally held a vigil on All Hallows Eve, the day before All Hallows Day, aka All Saints Day. Worshippers would prepare themselves with prayers and fasting prior to the feast day of All Saints Day.
All Saints’ Day has been celebrated on November 1st since the eighth century. There are more than 10,000 canonized saints in the Church, which means that not all of them can be recognized on a calendar of 365 days. All Saints Day commemorates all saints, canonized and otherwise.
In the 13th century, a feast for remembering and praying for all the dead was popularized. This day came to be known as All Souls Day. While we ask the saints in heaven for their prayers, we pray for the rest of the faithful departed, in case they are suffering in purgatory.
Celebrating Allhallowtide in your Church of the Home
Resurrection will have All Saints Day Masses on Tuesday, November 1 at 8:05 AM and 6:00 PM
Remember the Saints
Pray the Litany of the Saints. Discuss who your favorite saints are and identify the patron saints of your life. Remember those saints with prayers and candles.
Visit A Loved One’s Grave
Visit the graves of loved ones and family members who have died. You can clean headstones, leave flowers, light candles, and say prayers.
Having the children connect with family members they may have never met is also a good way for the kids to learn about their family history and ancestors.
Make Soul Cakes
The tradition of ‘souling’ and giving out Soul Cakes on All Souls Day originated in Britain and Ireland hundreds of years ago, from giving out bread on All Souls’ Day during the devout Middle Ages. Traditionally each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes is often seen as the origin of modern-day Trick or Treating, which now falls on Halloween (two days before All Souls’ Day).
Ruby Can't Decide Which Costume to Wear for Halloween!
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READINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND’S MASSES
VIRTUALLY SUNDAY REFLECTION
Always lead with love. In an event when someone's actions hurt another, it is love that causes the effect of reform and repentance. We must not try to change others to make them more lovable. Rather, we must be more loving towards others first. Join Steve Meyer as he reflects on cars and tax collectors in relation to this weekend's gospel.
This Weekend's Bulletin
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Welcome to the Newest Member of our Parish Family
Recent Loss in Our Parish Family
Ruby and Res
At Hilltoppers on Tuesday, Ruby was more interested in finding the bits of the Baked Potato Feast that fell on the floor than the presentation.